May 24, 2006

BSL, a blogge most scholarlye and literarye!

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at May 24, 2006 1:57 PM

I can't believe I haven't linked Geoffrey Chaucer Hath a Blog yet. This is definitely the funniest Middle English blog out there. In a recent post, he rewrites the opening of The Da Vinci Code in the style of the Canterbury Tales. An excerpt:

So Sauyniere lyk Sinon storye tolde
False as the devil, and seyde yt forth ful bolde
For he hadde yt rehersd many a yeer
(Ye notice, o myn gentil rederes deere,
Ich telle yow nat of what thys ‘thyng’ might be-
Yt ys a tricke poetic vsid by me
To kepe yow yn confusioun most plesynge
Thurgh alle thys vague and nonspecific tesyng).

It's quite an improvement over Dan Brown's writing. For further reading, the best post ever on that blog is the one where he writes a rough outline for the Canterbury Tales. (Those of you who read Making Light have already seen all this.)

Tags: Books, Culture, History, Internet

I'm planning to see the Da Vinci code out of curiosity. I'm not overly excited about it, though.

My father read the book after it was given to him as a gift. He normally doesn't read any fiction and commented that he found the extensive footnotes to be the most interesting part of the book. He seemed to like the book, although I'd rather stick to fantasy, etc.

Posted by: Mason | May 24, 2006 4:15 PM

I disagree about the best post ever on that blog - it's gotta be the Lynes of Picke-Vppe. The one you linked is indeed funny, but come on, you just can't beat "Ich notyce that myn demense and thyn do abutte. Wolde yt plese thee to consolidate ovre powere-base in the midlands?"

Technically, isn't that also the least funny Middle English blog out there...? :-)

Posted by: Justin | May 24, 2006 5:38 PM

Nay, thou art forgettynge the blogge of that wanker Gowere.

Posted by: Arcane Gazebo | May 25, 2006 11:16 AM

The Middle English spam is also pretty hilarious: "ALLE WYTH FAYRE FOREHEEDS AND WELL-YWIMPLED! HOTTE COURTLIE ACCIOUN!"

Posted by: Jolene | May 25, 2006 5:25 PM
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